The Miami Dolphins have seen LB Joey Porter win the AFC Defensive Player of the Month award and now, for the month of November, rookie Dan Carpenter has used his wood working skills to carve out the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month award.
Carpenter set a Miami Dolphins record for rookies with 11 straight field goals. During the month, Carpenter his on 8 FG attempts 5 of which were from 40 yards or more. He connected on all of his extra-points as well. In those 5 games, it was Carpenters 38 yard field goal with 38 seconds left that gave the Dolphins a win vs. the Oakland Raiders.
This week, Carpenter will not face the noreaster wind blowing in off Lake Erie or the wind chill of a cold Buffalo, NY December, but instead the comfortable 70’s of a December Toronto, Canada under the metal framed dome overhead. Will this “award” be a motivation or a will it be the proverbial curse before a big game?
Miami went 4-1 in the month of November.